Final Nebraska HS Football Class Of 2009 Top 25 Prospect Rankings

Posted on February 10, 2009. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Entries to Top 25 Prospects in Class of 2oo9 

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   my Hit News.com releases its final Nebraska High School Football Class of 2009 Prospect Rankings, which are based on the following criteria:

  • Player’s overall ratings and rankings by various recruiting services.
  • Player’s demonstrated ability on the field.
  • College Division level at which player will be participating.

   Based on the above reasoning several new players made our Final Class of 2009 Top 25.  But before I go on, let me state this:

“Regardless of where the player is ranked on this list, to be on this list a player is an outstanding cream-of-the-crop Nebraska high school football prospect. And fortunately for all that are on this list, they will continue to play the game at the next level.”

   Heading the list of the new entrants into our Top 25  Prospects is Omaha Central’s 6-foot-4, 190 pound Daryle Hawkins.  Hawkins smashes in all the way to the No. 6 spot, after his last minute D-1A offer from the PAC-10 Oregon Ducks .

   Prior to his early season injury, Hawkins was one of Hit New’s top prospects. However, after missing several games–OK, I’ll admit it, Daryle, I forgot all about you–he vanished from our listings. But it’s good to see you get that huge offer. Not many Nebraska football players have ever received offers from the PAC-10 Conference.   Do yourself and us a favor by making a big splash on the West Coast.

   Next to make his debut at the No. 9 position is big 6-foot-4, 260 pound Josh Kage from Papillion. We have always kept an eye out on this talented athlete who will be attending South Dakota State University. We’ll soon see if Kage will be taking a Class A super-heavyweight wrestling title and shot put title along with him to SDSU.

   Entering the list at No. 16 is Garret Bruhn, a 6-foot-2, 215 pound LB/FB from Beatrice, after committing to an offer from North Dakota State.

   Following Bruhn at No.17 is University of South Dakota bound Steve Nelson, a huge 6-foot-5, 300 pound O-lineman out of Platteview High.

   At No. 18 is St Cecelia’s 6-foot-6, 275 pound O-lineman, Matt Sterup who will be attending Northwest Missouri State.

   Finally, last but certainly not least closing things out at No. 25 is Omaha Central’s 6-foot-1, 200 pound LB Marcus Hall-Oliver, who will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hall will bring a lot of speed and athleticism with him to UNO– put some size on this kid and look out!

   Now except for the potential of a late offer here or there, the Nebraska high school football Class of 2009 prospects can be put to bed.

   Good luck to all!

   Our attention now shifts to The Class of 2010.

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Top 25 Nebraska High School Football Prospects:Class of 2009 Final Post Signing Day Rankings

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1.  Tyrone Sellers, DE, McCook
2.  Jon Lechner, OL, Creighton Prep
3.  C. J. Zimmerer, FB, Omaha Gross Catholic
4.  Cole Pensick, DT, Lincoln Northeast
5.  James Davis, OL, Omaha North
6.  Daryle Hawkins, Central
7.  Scott Criss, OL, Creighton Prep
8.   Eric Cummings, DT, Omaha Burke
9.   Josh Kage, OL, Papillion
10. Michael Burrus, RB, Papillion-La Vista South
11. Eric Koehlmoos, SF, Pierce
12. Greg Hardin, WR, Bellevue West
13. Jake Marousek, ATH, Omaha Burke
14. Ty Kildow, ATH, Millard South
15. Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West
16. Garrett Bruhn, LB/FB, Beatrice
17. Steve Nelson, OL, Platteview
18. Matt Sterup, OL, St Cecelia
19. Tyler Seals, QB, Bellevue West
20. Jordan Hale, ATH, Millard South
21. Brent Webb, DB, Bellevue West
22. Vondrae Tostenson, WR, Millard South 
23. Kelvin Johnson, RB, Omaha Burke 
24. Corey Serrano, ATH, North Platte
25. Marcus Hall-Oliver, LB, Omaha Central

 

Related Link: Class of 2009 Offers and Commitments

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Central Holds On To No.1 Spot

Posted on February 2, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball, High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lincoln Teams Enter Top Ten In Mass

Get Latest on  ’09 Offers and Commitments Here 
Omaha Central’s Daryle Hawkins is a last minute offer and commit to University of Oregon.

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

  
   Central holds on to the No.1 spot this week despite their double-overtime loss to Lincoln High, who as a result breaks into the Top Ten at No.8.

   Good luck Omaha Metro teams in trying to hold on to the Class A crown –it looks like the Lincoln Metro is going to give ya a lot to worry about.  Five Lincoln teams are ranked in this week’s  Top Ten—and all of them are talented enough and well-coached enough to make strong runs in the playoffs.

   In fact: “Could we be looking at an all-Lincoln Class A finals this year?”

   Me thinks it just smells good for the City of Lincoln this year in Class A basketball for both the boys and the girls. After all, who is going to beat the amazing Purdue bound KK Houser’s 17-0 Lincoln Southeast team?

   Seems like Houser is hitting on all cylinders on the b-ball court, I wonder if it will carry over into track season, so that she is able to exact revenge on Omaha Central’s freshman phenomenon Laque Moen-Davis for taking her 100 meter hurdle All-Class Gold title at last year’s state meet.

 Track Season Just Around the Corner

   I digress, but I just can’t wait for track season to start—there is going to be some serious competition in many events this year for both the boys and girls. And KK Houser is among the cream of the crop on the track and one of the best female athletes to come out of the state of Nebraska.

   Check out our Hitblog YouTube video archive of track meets–including the Metro and State meets–to see some of the great talent that will be back on the Nebraska high school track and field in 2009 such as: KK Houser, Laque Moen-Davis, Anne Martin, Emily Wilkinson, Kohlman Adema-Schulte, Daryle HawkinsMichael Burrus, Jake Marousek, Stephon Washington, Cole Pensick, Josh Kage, Porter Groves, and many more.

 

Action Force’s Top 10top-ten-logo3Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending February 1, 2009)

Rank, Team, (Record), Last Week’s Rank

1. Omaha Central (12-2) 1

The Eagles slipped up in a unbelievable double-overtime thriller to the fast rising Links of Lincoln High. Eagles fans don’t get discouraged about the loss– Deverell Biggs, Paul Simms and company still are the leaders of the pack to win to the state title.

2. Lincoln Southwest (13-2) 5

The Silver Hawks continue to take care of business, behind the athletic duo of Jordan Tyrance and Drew Edmonds and the inside force of big man Jake Marvin. With every game the Silver Hawks are proving they are among the elite.

3. Omaha Creighton Prep (12-4) 6

The JR. Jays went 2-1 over the week but really got back to the style of play that coach Josh Luedtke loves. In their Saturday night win over previously 3rd ranked Lincoln Southeast, the Jays used great defense to slow the Knights’ potent offense. Over this past week, Taylor Stormberg, Caleb Steffensmeir and Cole Martin really turned in some good performances for the Jays.

4. Omaha Bryan Bears (13-4) 4

The Bears were runner-ups in the Bryan Cage Classic, but don’t count out coach Tim Cannon’s team just yet. Bryan has one of the best defensive teams in the state to go along with guys like Tiit Kuek, Galen Gullie, DK Augustineand Ben Imig–who can also light up the scoreboard.

5. Lincoln Southeast (11-4) 3

A tough loss to Creighton Prep set the Knights back a bit, but the Knights are a team I still like because of thieir ability to beat iteams in a variety of ways. They can go inside with solid inside play from Hagerbaumer and Hill, or outside with great play from sophomore sensation Derrius Vick.

6. Lincoln Northeast (12-3) 7

The Rockets keep on keepin’ on, don’t look past them! Dol Kutey is one of the best players in the state, and guard Tommy Johnson is coming on of late.

7. Bellevue East (11-7) 10

Coach Ryan’s squad rebounded from back to back losses to Central and Burke to go on to win the Bryan Cage Classic, but than slipped up against Norfolk.

8. Lincoln High (8-6) NR

Don’t look now but Coach Uhing’s Links are surfacing–and they look to be in state tournament form–after their thrilling win over Omaha Central. The key to that game was the play of senior guard Mike Partee. Partee is a guy many b-ball insiders have heard about but most fans and casual observers haven’t. Well, now you better start paying attention because Partee is the real deal.

9. Lincoln East (10-5) NR

Welcome back to the Top Ten rankings Drew Sankey and company, after riding the upset of Lincoln Southeast.

10. Ralston (14-3) 2

OK. So the Rams go 0-2 in the Cage Classic. You still can’t tell me this team is not talented and that they would not be able to compete in class A. I say that if the Rams played Class A talent game in and game out they would have been more prepared for the Classic. And if they were in Class A– this year–they would be among the top teams and in contention for a state title.

 

Contenders

Omaha Burke, Norfolk and Omaha Benson

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Last Weekend of the Class of ’09 Recruiting: Where Nebraska Prospects Stand

Posted on January 29, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Going into the last weekend of the high school football class of 2009 recruiting cycle, my Hit News.com presents the latest on the known offers and commitments made to and by Nebraska high school student/athletes. 

   my Hit News.com’s listing only represents the member schools of the following sports governing bodies and/or particular divisions within them: NCAA Divisions I-A; I-AA and II; NAIA and Junior Colleges (JUCO).

   Thanks to all of the people that provide information to my Hit News.com.  And to all of you current and potential prospects know this:

There are plenty of college recruiters that monitor this site, as well as fans and participants of the various college message boards of schools from across this region–I know–you should see our site stats and read my e-mail.”

Important Note: Future updates to this board will be posted on the “Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’ Offers and Commitments”  link that is found at the top of this page.  In other words: updates to the listing will not be reflected if you link back to this post in the future.

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215), McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota

 

 

 

 


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
*Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State, *Doane College (NAIA)

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Dillon Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Garrett Schlichtemeier, WR (5-10, 160), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 220), Douglas County West
Wayne State

Dillon Breinig, LB (6-2, 220), Arapahoe

*University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NAIA

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
*Doane College

 

 

 

 

 

 


JUCO

Kelvin Johnson, RB (6-2, 225), Omaha Burke
Iowa Western Community College

Bo Adams, OL (6-2, 287), Omaha Burke

Iowa Western Community College

 

 

 

 

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career) and Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

Others that are rumored to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney are: Jason Wilcox, Norfolk Catholic; Dillon Breinig, Arapahoe; Riley Larson, Adams Central; Stephan Rush, Anselmo Merna and Garrett Rockey, Norfolk Catholic and Matt Bicskei, DE/TE (6-2, 250), Omaha Burke.

Nebraska’s No. 1 class of 2009 prospect, as touted by Rivals, 6-foot-4, 225 lb WR Vondrae Tostenson –who has had an offer on the table from Iowa University since the beginning of his junior year–may be taking the JUCO route.  Stories are flying that he has visited Iowa Western?

Ron Kellogg ., QB (6-2, 210), Omaha Westside, committed to walk-on at Nebraska University.

 

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Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects Offer & Commitment List

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

February 4th Signing Day: Twelve Days Away and Counting  

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Here we are with just over a week left before the Nebraska high school class of 2009 student/athletes get their first opportunity to sign a student athletic scholarship.”national letter of intent.”

   The young men who will sign these documents are fortunate indeed to have the physical attributes, skills, talent and good fortune to have a institution of higher learning pay for their, room board and tuition–while still being able to play the game of football.

   Hey guys, remember: all those 40, 50, and even 100 yard sprints that you ran–on a brutally hot summer day at the end of a three hour practice; or how about all those painful “get one more rep” days in the weight room that you endured through winter conditioning; or those times that the coach screamed at you and made you feel like an idiot or worthless because you blew an assignment or dogged a play or a workout?

    Yea, right about now it wasn’t so bad, huh?

   May you all realize the long hard road it took for you to reach this milestone in your life. And may each of you look deep into your heart and your memory to give thanks to all those around you: parents/guardians, relatives, coaches, teachers, priest and pastors and any others that influenced and shaped your life so that you may reach this point. Because–no one–gets here on their own!

    As for me, “Thanks for the memories and good luck in all your future endeavors.”

    And with that, let’s take a look at the list of known offers and commitments to Division I-A – Division II schools. We will try to keep this list updated every day between now through signing day..

   You can help us keep accurate by emailing us at myhitnews@yahoo.com with any corrections, updates and/or new information.

 Last Updated: January 26, 11:50 pm.

 

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215) McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career); Dillion Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook ; Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town; Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook  and Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook  have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

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Lincoln Journal Star Selects All- City Football Team

Posted on December 1, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cole Pensick and Tyrone Lewis Selected Honorary Captains

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights
  

   On Suday November 30, 2008, the Nebraska  Lincoln Journal Star released its All City Team (click here to view).

   The Honorary Captains for the team are Nebraska DL recruit Cole Pensick (6-2, 250) from Lincoln Northeast selected as a First Team OL, and Lincoln North Star’s Tyrone Lewis selected as a First Team LB .  In an earlier game this past season,  Lewis (6 -4, 195) recorded two picks for touchdowns and four sacks against Lincoln East.  Lewis was also an outstanding RB for the Navigators.

   Other notable selections for the Lincoln All- City Team are the two big and tall senior WRs from Lincoln East: Drew Sankey (6-5, 200) and  Tyson Clark (6-4, 200).  Throw in a third skyscrapper wideout in  Junior Dillon Schrodt (6-4  180) from Lincoln North Star and this lineup would present a very imposing and intimidating rotation to would be defenders.

   Schrodt and QB Rylan Cotton from Lincoln Southwest are the only juniors to make First Team All-City. Hit News looks forward to reading, hearing and seeing  a lot about  these two over the next year or so.

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Hit News’ Top 25 Nebraska HS Football Prospects: Class of 2009

Posted on November 21, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hit News releases it’s end-of-season “Top 25 Nebraska HS Football Prospects: Class Of 2009.”
1.  See individulal player analysis capsule of the 2009 prospects who have already received D-1 offers here.
2.  See individual player  analysis capsule of Hit News’ Top 12 2009 Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer
here
 
*Hit News will release its first “2010 Nebraksa High School Football Prospects” listing on November 26, 2008.

 

 

Hit News’ Top 25
Nebraska HS Football Prospects:
Class of 2009

1.

Jon Lechner, OL
Creighton Prep

2.

Tyrone Sellers, DE
McCook

3.

C. J. Zimmerer,  FB
Omaha Gross Catholic

4.

Vondrae Tostenson, WR
Millard South

5.

Cole Pensick, DT
Lincoln Northeast

6.

James Davis, OL
Omaha North

7.

Eric Koehlmoos, SF
Pierce

8.

Eric Cummings, DT
Omaha Burke

9.

Jordan Hale, ATH
Millard South

10.

Corey Serrano, ATH
North Platte

11.

Brent Webb, SF
Bellevue West

12.

Tyler Seals, QB
Bellevue West

13.

Scott Criss, DT
Creighton Prep

14.

Michael Burrus, RB Papillion-La Vista South

15.

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West

16.

Greg Hardin, WR
Bellevue West

17.

Bryant Giles, RB
Omaha North

18.

Kelvin Johnson, RB
Omaha Burke 

19.

Ty Kildow, ATH
Millard South 

20.

Drew Neville, LB
Millard South

21.

Alex Stopak, OL
Millard South

22.

Tyler Niederklein, WR
Millard West

23.

Jake Marousek, ATH Omaha Burke

24.

Willie Metoyer, RB
Omaha Westside

25.

Kyle Bertelsen, LB
Douglas County West

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Hit News’ Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Top Ranked D-1 Offered Prospects

Posted on November 14, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Creighton Prep O-Lineman Jon Lechner Vaults to Hit News’ No. 1 Prospect Spot

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

Hit News releases its end-of-the-season  “Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Top Ranked D-1 Offered Football Prospects list.  The Hit News listing features Hit News ranking, analysis and comparative prospect rankings and scores from ESPN and Rivals.

Hit News will update this listing when necessary:  The final Class of 2009 Prospect Ranking  will be posted in February ’09.

“Hit News’ Top 12 Nebraskans Competing for First D-1 Offer” will be updated and released within the next several days.

All player physical measurements, times and distances are unverified unless a “√” appears after the mark.

 Last Updated: December 2, 2008 11:50 a.m. (Lechner & Davis commit to Ohio University.)

 Hit News
Nebraska HS Class Of 2009
Top Ranked D-1 Football Prospects

Hit
News
Rank

 

 

Name
High School
College Offer
*Verbal Commit
**Signed

POS

(Ht, Wt)
Bench, Squat,
40 Time,

Shuttle,

Vertical

ESPN
Grade,
National
Rank

Rivals
Stars, Score,
National Rank

1.

 

Jon  Lechner
Creighton Prep

Buffalo, Iowa State, *Ohio University, Lousiana Tech. 

OL

(6-5, 315)√
315, 550
5.25,

NA,
NA

 80,

 17

3 Star,
5.7,

31

Skills & Attributes: Good size, very good balance, good strength, good pad level, good feet, and good hands.

 Analysis: Like most of the top HS OL prospects, we have yet to see what Lechner can really do. The fact is: “Big athletes take a little longer time to fully blossom.” However, Lechner certainly possesses all the skills and attributes and potential necessary to rank him among the top HS linemen prospects in the nation. At this stage in his development, he is more suited for a run oriented type of offensive attack, as he is often quick and explosive coming off the snap, while he  demonstrates the ability to control and to drive his opponents off the line. Lechner is also nimble enough to lead, pull, block in the open field, and to pick up blitzes, which may make him more suited to play OG at the next level. Lechner has the athletic potential to also line up at the left tackle spot, but he will need to work on his hand placement and hand speed to control top DE rushers.

 

2.

Tyrone Sellers
McCook
*Kansas, Wyoming, Iowa,
Kansas State

DE

 (6-4, 215)  

 305, 450,

      4.57      

 4.42,

 33″

73,

130

3 Star,

5.7,

26

Skills & Attributes:  Very good speed, explosive, good first step, quick feet and hands, very athletic, very good toughness, high football IQ.

Analysis: Sellers has the speed, quickness and athleticism to develop into a very good D-1 rush end. In addition, he also seems to display a good football IQ and the proven toughness that could see his talents put to use at the weakside LB spot or even at the safety position. 

 

Sellers is more of a finesse DE who is very adept at using his quick feet and hands to get by bigger defenders on his way to the QB. But Sellers also demonstrates good leverage and decent pad level along with the ability to hold his ground and to easily shed bigger opponents at the HS level. However, at the next level, he will need to develop considerably more size and strength to be an effective every down DE or a weakside LB, who can stop the run.

 

3.

C. J. Zimmerer
Omaha Gross Catholic
*Nebraska

 

FB

 (6-0,  213)√
 295, 400,

 4.6,

 4.2,

 27″

 

76,

12

2 Star,
5.4,

NR

 

Skills & Attributes: Great hips, very explosive, very good acceleration, very good toughness, plays violently, quick feet, plays with very good leverage and pad level, high football IQ.

Analysis: Zimmerer’s stock has risen faster than any Class of 2009 recruit due to the hard work he put in during the off season and through his remarkable performance on the field this year. He has an astonishing 10. 6 yard per carry average while accounting for over 1,200 total yards rushing from the FB position—Whew! From his stance to his brutal blocking and tough explosive and–at times –surprisingly shifty running style, this kid has all the markings of the great classic FBs of the past.

 

ESPN has Zimmerer rated the 12thbest FB in the nation and it is easy to see why when you watch him play on film. He is a very good blocker who exhibits excellent pad level, accuracy and explosiveness when delivering blocks. And when Zimmerer is running he exhibits very good leg drive and is violent upon contact, which accounts for a lot of YAC (yards after contact).  He is also quick-footed and fleet enough to elude and to run by tacklers in the open field.

 

It’s all is his hips! Your feet may lead but it’s the vertical, horizontal, and rotational position of the hips that enables a player to deliver effective blows or to effectively absorb punishing hits, or to explosively accelerate out of cuts–Zimmerer has great hip action!

4.

Vondrae Tostenson

 Millard South
Iowa

 

WR

(6-5, 225)
285, NA,

4.6,

NA,

37″

73,

162

 

3 Star,
5.7,

51

Skills & Attributes: Size, excellent athleticism, very good vertical, good strength, good hands, good football IQ, potential difference maker.

Analysis: Amongst all the  prospects in the Nebraska HS class of 2009, Tostenson has the most potential for greatness. However, injury has limited his ability to demonstrate his true potential on the field. Therefore, though we consider Tostenson to be the top Nebraska  HS Class of 2009 prospect with the most ability to excel at the next level –injury limitations have contributed to a current level of play that prevents us from making him Hit News’ No. 1 prospect. Furthermore, WR may not be Tostenson’s best opportunity for—greatness–at the next level.  His height, frame, speed and athleticism are an ideal combo for bulking up into a devastatingly good TE.  Fortunately for the gifted Tostenson no matter what position he ultimately plays, once he recovers fully from his injury—the sky is the limit!

5.

Cole Pensick
Lincoln Northeast
*Nebraska

 

DT

(6-2, 250)
360, 540,

4.97,

 NR,

26″

73,

87

3 Star,
5.5,

79

Skills & Attributes: Very good balance, very good strength, good feet, good hands,  good athleticism, good football IQ

Analysis: Pensick plays with very good balance and leverage and at times flashes the ability to be explosive on contact. He is a good tackler and appears to have a good feel for the game with his ability to anticipate ball movement and to read blockers.

At his current skill level he is more  likely to be a two-gap  type DT in a 4-3 scheme or a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense–to play either he will have to bulk up considerably. However, it is still unclear at this stage whether or not this talented athlete (Lincoln Metro heavyweight wrestling champ and reigning State shot-put champ will end up on offense or defense.

6.

James Davis
Omaha North
*Ohio University

 

OL

(6-3, 315)
325, 530,
5.5,
NA,
NA.

 

75,
94

2 Star,

5.4,

75

Skills & Attributes: Excellent balance, very good hands, good feet, good strength.

Analysis: Davis is one of the best pass blocking O-line prospects in the country. His excellent balance, quick feet and fast and accurate hand thrust allow him to control the best of rushers.   Due to his current height, Davis will most likely play OG at the next level. Therefore, on running plays, he will have to do some work on becoming more explosive and moving his body quicker into position at the point of contact in order to neutralize D-1 DT”s that will be as large or larger than him. 

7.

Eric Koehlmoos
Pierce
Wyoming

DB

(6-1, 190)
225, 400,

 4.53,

NA,

33″

69,

171

2 Star,

5.2,

NR

Skills & Attributes: Athleticism, high football IQ, acceleration,  versatility, very good explosiveness, violent

Analysis: Koehlmoos is a gifted athlete that plays very well on both sides of the ball. SF is most likely Koehlmoos’ projected position at the D-1 level. But he is a truly gifted athlete that can play a variety of different positions on both sides of the ball.

As a DB, Koehlmoos is very good at reacting to and making a play on the ball when in the air. He is an explosive player who is often violent at the point of contact–he has the ability to punish a runner. Koehlmoos also demonstrates good range and adequate closing speed and the ability to make tackles in the open field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 WILL THERE

 BE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ANY MORE

 NEBRASKA PROSPECTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RECEIVING D-1 OFFERS?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Links:
Hit News’ Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer Part 1 (No. 1-6).
Hit News’ Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer Part 2 (No. 7-12).

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Omaha World-Herald Super Six

Posted on August 24, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Also: Max Preps Nebraska Preseason All-State Team

 

Below is the annual Omaha World-Herald Super Six football players and their “Others to watch this season” mentions.

In addition, a link is also provided for Max Preps’ Nebraska Preseason All-State Team.

 

Omaha World-Herald Super Six

Jon Lechner, OL

(6-6, 315)

Omaha Creighton Prep

Cole Pensick OG/DT

(6-2, 260)

Lincoln Northeast

Tyrone Sellers DE/TE

(6-3, 220)

McCook

Brandon Wegher RB, SE, KK

(5-11, 206)

Sioux City Heelan

C.J. Zimmerer, FB, LB

(6-1, 215)

Omaha Gross

Vondrae Tostenson WR, LB

(6-5, 225)

Millard South

 

Others To Watch This Season

Offensive lineman James Davis, Omaha North
Quarterbacks: Nick Failla, Millard North; Ron Kellogg, Omaha Westside; Daryle Hawkins,Omaha Central
Wide Receivers Ty Kildow, Millard South; Justin Coleman, Beatrice
Linebackers Marcus Hall-Oliver, Omaha Central; Justin Small, Hastings St Cecilia
Defensive lineman Eric Cummings, Omaha Burke
Defensive Back Eric Koehlmoos, Pierce

 

 

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Rivals.com releases the 2009 Nebraska Top Ten HS Football Recruit Rankings.

Posted on July 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Below are listed the names and rankings of Rivals.com’s Preseason rankings of the State of Nebrasaka’s Top Ten Recruits:

1.   Vondrae Tostenson, WR, (6-4, 215) Millard South
2.   Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 310) Creighton Prep.
3.   Tyrone Sellers, DE (6-4, 215) McCook
4.   Cole Pensick, DT (6-2, 250) Lincoln NE
5    C. J. Zimmerer, RB (6-0, 213) Omaha Gross Catholic
6.   James Davis, OL (6-3, 300) Omaha North
7.   Ty Kildow, ATH (5-7, 170) Millard South
8.   Eric Koehlmoos, ATH (6-1, 190) Pierce
9.   Daryle Hawkins, QB (6-4, 190) Omaha Central
10. Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 255) Omaha Burke

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Hit News’ All-Class Gold picks

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


For
2008 Nebraska State Track & Field Meet

All-Class Gold Medal

Girls

Boys

Emily
Sisson
Millard North

(A)


Sophomore sensation with Olympic class potential.

Wins Girls 800, 1600, 3200 individual golds and a 3200 Relay Gold

Bethany DeLong
Laurel-Concord

( C)

 
 
 
 

 

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Fastest girl in Nebraska.

 


Wins Girls 100 Meter Gold and most likely 200 but strong com- petition from several others in 200.

 

Kohlman Adema-Schulte
Millard West
(A)
 
 
 
 

 

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Most electrifying boys’ sprinter.

 

 

 

Wins 100 Meter Gold with shot at 200

 

Nic

Johnson
Omaha North

(A)
 
 
 
 

 

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


A gamer with flare.

 

Wins 200 Meter Gold and good shot at 400 and outside chance at the 100.

 

Katie
Birkel
Lincoln SE
 
 
 
 

 

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

(A)

Impressive seasons’ best 56.71 400 Meter.

Wins Girls 400 Meter Gold with shot at 200 Meter

 

400 Meter Relay
OmahaNorth
(A
)

Record breaking times and consistent performances


Wins girls 400 Relay Gold

Stephon Washington

Omaha Central

(A)

 

Returning class A champ will be hard to beat.

 

 

Wins 300 Hurdles Gold.

Mitch
Hunt

Fremont

(A)

 

Best time in 3200 meter event by 6 sec. has good shot at 1600

Wins 3200 Meter Gold.

1600 Relay

Lincoln SE

(A)

 

Nobody’s even close on this one.


wins Girls 1600 Relay Gold

3200 Relay
Millard North

(A)

 

Ditto!

 

 

Wins Girls 3200 Relay Gold

3200 Relay

Fremont

(A)

Seconds ahead of next best team

 

Wins 3200 Relay

Gold

 

Can you pick

another definite winner here?

 

Forced Picks: All-Class Gold
Girls

 

These are events where either the competition is too close and/or the nature of the event makes it too difficult to predict a clear All-Class winner. These are my choices if forced to pick:

 

100 Meter Hurdles

Laque Moen-Davis, Central (A)—But tough competition from other classes. She better not let up at the tape if she wants All-Class Gold. Also has chance at 200 meter and outside shot at long jump. KK Houser of Lincoln SE will be right there with her. Must See Final!
 

300 Meter Hurdles

Kianni Elahi, Millard North (A) — In close battle with Lincoln SE KK Houser. This will be a great battle to watch. Must See!
 

Triple Jump

Tara Korshoj, Millard West (A)—Has best jump of the year but this is a finicky event with several good jumpers that can win this event Emily Wilkinson and Anne Martin are my dark horses.
 

 

Long Jump

Emily Wilkinson, Westside (A)—If she wasn’t a little banged up she would have been a “Best Bet” in this crowded field. Right now this event is wide open, but she is my pick. This will be another Must See Event!
 

High Jump

Anne Martin, Waverly (B)—Why not! She is the only one this year to clear 5’8.” But again this is a finicky event. Bad day or great day by one competitor changes everything. Dark horse Sarah Gilbert.
 

 

Shot Put

Leeza Henry, Scottsbluff (B)—Again, just because she has the best throw this year. But the closeness of the competition and the nature of the event prevents me from making her a sure bet, but she is my pick.
 

Discus

Morgan Wilken Crofton (C) —Best season’s throw by far in this event. But all throwers have bad days. Others are still close enough behind to pull upset.
 

Pole Vault

Kala Friesen Alliance (B) OK. I don’t know anything about this event, but she has cleared the highest height by far.
Forced Picks: All-Class Gold

Boys

There are going to be a lot of great heads-up competition in many boys’ events. And there are several boys from different classes that will challenge for All-Class Gold.

 

400 Meter

Nic Johnson, Omaha North, (A)—Not going to be easy with several in his own class right on his shoulders. Must see Class A Finals. Matt Evers, Josh Wahl and Jase Dean are my dark horses. That’s right! I’m not sure about this one at all!
 

 

800 Meter

 Jens Scholls, Deshler (C)This is one of his four events that he may capture ALL-Class Gold even though Bertrand’s Matt Shipp has season’s best time.
 

1600 Meter Run

Mitch Hunt, Freemont (A)—Close call between he and his team mate. Jon Ronhovde. Must see finish!
 

 

110 Hurdles

Allen Osborn, Chardon (B)—Close competition here. But not from anyone in class A. What’s up with that? Class B and C should be great finals to watch . Class A will be good but not the times.
 

400 Relay

Omaha North (A)Upsets Kearney. Well, it could happen and that’s my pick!. But this event will be a must see event!
 

1600 Relay

Omaha North,(A)—they’re on a roll in this tight battle with Central and Benson. Another must see!
 

 

Shot Put

Hadley Cooksley, Grand Island NW (B)—I just like his name and his distance in this close contest where ALL-Class Gold could come from any class. There is no one that is heads and shoulders above the rest here—Cole Pensick and Josh Kage are my dark horses.
 

 

Discus

Sam Frazier, McCook, (B) — Because I had to pick one and he has the best throw so far. But this is a finicky event and he has several others that will out throw him if he has a bad day.
 

Triple Jump

Daryle Hawkins, Central (A)—Had second best jump of season late in the year, but still several others right on his heels. Cody linder or Justin Combs are my dark horses.
 

Long Jump

Porter Groves. Lincoln NE (A)—Seen him jump and has best season’s jump. But this is a must see event! All classes have several jumpers at 22′ mark. Brett Maher is my dark horse.
 

High Jump

David Eads, Bellevue West (A)—Because I saw him jump 6’5″, even though there are a bunch of 6’6″ jumpers out there and a best jump of 6′ 7 .25″ by Crete’s John Leverson.” But he is injured. Must See Class B event with 4 jumpers at 6’6.”
 

Pole Vault

Bret Maher, Kearney (A)—Will upset his friend and teammate Nate Polacek and they will get into a big argument, but they will kiss and make up on their bus ride home —on the same bus that will be carrying their team championship trophy.

 

 That’s how I call them! How about
you?  The 2008 Nebraska State track and Field meet begins Friday, May 16, at Omaha Burke Stadium and runs through Saturday May 17th. Don’t miss this one because there are going to be some great finals and some young top-notch talent like Emily Sisson, KK Houser, Laque Moen-Davis, Stephon Washington, Bethany DeLong, Emily Wilkinson, Cole, Pensick, Josh Kage, and some grisly veterans like Nate Polacek, Brett Maher, Daryle Hawkins, Jase dean; Nic Johnson and others.

There are a lot of great stories to follow:

  • Will Sisson rack in four All-Class Golds and set new state records in her last Nebraska State meet?
  • Will Jens Scholls win the class C 800, 1600, and 3200?
  • Will Nic Johnson win any event or will he pull a triple or at least a double?
  • Will freshman Laque Moen-Davis win gold or two or three?
  • How fast can Kohlman Adema-Schulte run?
  • Who will come out of nowhere to SHOCK THE WORLD! Somebody always does, you know.

 

Next Friday and Saturday, all those questions will be answered.

 

Thanks for a great year to all the girls and boys and their coaches and parents and volunteers —despite the crappy weather you all delivered the goods.

 

Good look to everyone that made it to states and to all of you that fell a little short.

Here’s to a great finish at state!

 

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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force

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    Sponsor: Hit Highlights Inc.

    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

  • Action Force’s Top Ten

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    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank

    1.

    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    2.

    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

    3.

    Lincoln East(13-5) 4

    4.

    Lincoln High (11-6) 5

    5.

    Omaha Central (13-3) 3

    6.

    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7

    7.

    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103

    8.

    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

    9.

    Chadron (19-0) NR

    10.

    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

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